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Comparing European and North American Approaches to Human Rights

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice is pleased to announce our spring speaker series, which is on European and North American Approaches to Human Rights.  The colloquium series is organized in collaboration with the Center for European Studies/European Union Center of Excellence and is the result of a grant from the European Union.  We will meet every other Monday beginning February 3 (excluding spring break) from 3:45-5:45 at the School of Law.  The sessions will bring together scholars and advocates from Europe and North America to engage in dialogue on pressing human rights issues of the day in both regions, from security and immigration to labor rights.  We have a fantastic line-up of speakers, as you can see below.  A full schedule with locations is below and can also be found on the Rapoport Center website

February 3, 2014

Approaches to Counter-terrorism

  • Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Dorsey & Whitney Chair in Law, University of Minnesota Law School, and Professor of Law, University of Ulster’s Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast
  • Aziz Rana, Associate Professor of Law, Cornell University Law School

This event is co-sponsored by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law


February 17, 2014

Approaches to Race, Citizenship and Immigration

  • Liz Fekete, Executive Director, Institute of Race Relations, London
  • Leti Volpp, Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law in Access to Justice, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

This event is co-sponsored by Ethnic and Third World Literatures


March 3, 2014

Approaches to Religious Freedom and Secularism

  • Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun, Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences, University Paris Diderot-Paris 7
  • Hilal Elver, Research Professor in Global Studies and Co-director of the Project on Climate Change, Human Security and Democracy, University of Santa Barbara
  • Richard Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice, Emeritus, Princeton University, and Research Professor, Global and International Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Institute for Historical Studies

It will be held in the Eidman Courtroom (CCJ 2.306) in the School of Law


March 24, 2014

Approaches to Employment Discrimination

  • Laura Carlson, Associate Professor of Law, Stockholm University School of Law
  • Samuel Bagenstos, Professor, University of Michigan School of Law


April 7, 2014

Approaches to Universal Jurisdiction

  • Juan Garcés, Spanish Attorney, Lead Counsel in criminal case against Augusto Pinochet in Spain
  • Michael Tigar, Emeritus Professor of the Practice of Law, Duke Law School, and Professor Emeritus of Law, Washington College of Law, American University


April 21, 2014

Approaches to Labor Rights

  • Mitchel Lasser, Jack G. Clarke Professor of Law and Director of Graduate Studies, Cornell Law School
  • Kerry Rittich, Professor, Faculty of Law and the Women's and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto

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